At The Century Council, we are interested in discovering the new trends in education and are always on the lookout for the newest innovations to hit the classrooms.
It is no surprise that schools are on the verge of taking a great leap towards technology in the way learning is provided to students. With the popularity of tablets, smartphones and other mobile devices it is only natural that teachers look for new ways to engage students and keep them interested.
Game Based Learning, which is defined as a kind of game play with defined learning outcomes, is one of the new ways teachers are looking to enhance the studying experience for the kids. It can be an online based type of game, or it could be an interactive game such as the Ask Listen Learn Interactive Game. The game was developed based on the research by Harvard Medical School’s Dr. John Ratey, showing that for the brain to function at its peak, the body needs to move!
For over 3 years, we have distributed over 2000 units of the interactive game to physical educators, nurses and teachers across the country, so they can incorporate it in their curriculum, and make sure that kids say Yes to a healthy lifestyle and No to underage drinking! The evaluation of the game showed that 8 out of 10 kids who play the game think about healthy choices in their lives, and 4 out of 5 kids said the game was a cool way to learn about the dangers of underage drinking.
We know that technology is catching with our schools, and sooner rather than later, more and more kids will be solving math problems on tablets, and submitting homework online. With that in mind, Ask Listen Learn is also in the process of developing mobile game apps for kids and teens. The apps will mirror the interactive game, where the kids learn about the dangers of underage drinking and the benefits of a healthy lifestyle, while also having fun at the same time. At The Century Council, we have found that this method has its merits. It looks like everyone else thinks so as well.